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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Certificate of Dementia Studies

2021

Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (FF)
1GC549
871302
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Sydney
103132J
Course Duration
Full-time
0.5 year/s
Part-time
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2

CDU Sydney - this course is only available to International students at CDU Sydney (domestic students should apply for external Online delivery through SATAC or UAC)

Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

UDEMS1

Award
Graduate Certificate of Dementia Studies
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

The Graduate Certificate of Dementia Studies is an innovative course that will build on the knowledge gained through previous health studies and/or work experience. This course will assist student to develop a deeper understanding of dementia care through online studies.

This course is relevant to all health professionals who wish to undertake postgraduate education in dementia care settings (including residential, inpatient and community settings), this flexible course will prepare you to work within this growing area of speciality care while being supported by the unit coordinator online, via phone or electronic face to face platforms.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies you may progress to the Master of Nursing with advanced standing of completed studies.

Career opportunities

Completing this course may lead to career opportunities working in dementia care settings within the health and human services sector where you work. In addition, completion of post graduate education is a necessity for a wide range of career advances such as management, leadership or education roles or academic or research positions. On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies you may progress to the Master of Nursing with advanced standing of completed studies.

Credit transfers & pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

  • his course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree in a related field such as nursing, allied health, or behavioural or social sciences; and
  • Applicants are required to provide a curriculum vitae (CV) clearly documenting one-year post degree work experience and professional development portfolio in a dementia care setting with their application.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Course structure

This 40-credit point course consists of four core units.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)
40cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia Care
HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and Families
HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of Dementia
HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care
 

  40cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia Care CO    
HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and Families CO    
HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of Dementia CO    
HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care (external only) CO    

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia Care CO HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of Dementia CO
HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and Families CO HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care (external only) CO

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia Care CO
    HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and Families CO
    HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of Dementia CO
    HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care (external only) CO

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia Care CO
    HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and Families CO
Year 2
HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of Dementia CO    
HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care (external only) CO    

 

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 40 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $16,425.20.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

 

 

 

UAC

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

That's OK - it can be a little tricky to know the difference.

 

To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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